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Third National Dialogue on National Planning for Treated Wastewater Reuse, 20-12-2012

Following up on the 1st and 2nd Dialogues on Wastewater Reuse in Egypt which was launched by the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation and the Centre of Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), CEDARE in cooperation with Egis Bceom International, Institute Meditéranéen de l’Eau, and Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, Egypt organized the 3rd Egyptian Dialogue on “2030 Strategic Vision for Wastewater Re-use in Egypt” on the 20th of December 2012.
Second National Dialogue on National Planning for Treated Wastewater Reuse, 29-4-2012
Following  up on the 1st Dialogue on Wastewater Reuse in Egypt which was launched by the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation and the Centre of Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) in June 2011,  The Centre for Environment & Development for the Arab Region & Europe (CEDARE) in cooperation with Egis Bceom International, Institute Meditéranéen de l’Eau, and Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, Egypt organized the 2nd Egyptian Dialogue on “2030 National Strategy for Wastewater Re-use in Egypt”.

First National Dialogue on National Planning for Treated Wastewater Reuse, 2-6-2011

H. E Dr. Nadia Makram Ebeid, Executive Director of CEDARE inaugurated the first National Dialogue on the use of treated wastewater in agriculture. The Dialogue will emphasize the  strong link between treated waste water and agriculture, and accordingly the national food security, referring to the status quo that involves increased population and water scarcity.
The workshop came out with the following recommendations: 
1) The necessity of having a unified Arab code for waste water reuse. 
2) The necessity of developing an institutional road map to allow for more flexibility in waste water use. 
3) The necessity of capacity building in various tools that could enhance decisions related to waste water reuse such as the numerical models DELWAC and RibaSim. 
4) The necessity of activating the role of private sector as an essential funder and benefactor in the whole process of Waste water treatment and reuse. 
5) The necessity of formulating an inter-ministerial committee to develop a national waste water reuse plan. The committee should include representatives from the Ministry of Water Resources& Irrigation, the Ministry of Housing, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Environmental affairs.
11th ICID International Drainage Workshop on “Agricultural Drainage Needs and Future Priorities”

The Egyptian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (ENCID), in collaboration with the National Water Research Center (NWRC), under the patronage of the international Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) in New Delhi, India & the Ministry of Water Resources & Irrigation of Egypt organizes the 11th ICID International Drainage Workshop on “Agricultural Drainage Needs and Future Priorities”

23–27 September, 2012 in Pyramiza Hotel, Cairo, Egypt

For more information: www.encid.org.eg/idw11

2nd Arab Water Forum, Cairo 20-23/11/2011

CEDARE had an active role at the deliberations of the 2nd Arab Water Forum organized by the Arab Water Council in Cairo during the period of November 20-23, 2011, whereby Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, Regional Director for Water, delivered several interventions on Transboundary Water Management, the 2nd State of the Water Report in the Arab Region, the Water MDGs, and the Monitoring and Evaluation program for Water In North Africa (MEWINA) under the umbrella of the African Ministers Council On Water (AMCOW). One of the main recommendations coming out of these interventions, includes the importance of embracing the River Basin/Green-Blue Water approach rather than the Watercourse/Blue Water approach in transboundary river basin management an its associated regional and international legal frameworks which also calls for the amendment of the 1997 UN Convention for the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses. Other recommendations include the need to regularly issue the Arab State of the Water Report to monitor trends and changes in the water sector in the Arab countries, such as those highlighted by the recent shift in allocation percentages from agriculture to drinking and industrial uses accompanied by the increase in virtual water imports due to increasing population demand. The 2nd Arab State of the Water report again in its second series presented national green and blue water assessment which was advocated as an important tool for assessing renewable water resources as compared to the traditional way of assessing renewable water resources as just the surface water and rechargeable groundwater. Recommendations that came out highlighted the need to close the knowledge gap between the Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) methodology and the utilities methodology for assessing water supply and sanitation coverage and the water MDGs, and the need to look beyond and address the MDGs+ including the quality of water, the quality of service, and the level of treatment. Further recommendations called for the need to harmonize the water indicators used for reporting on the State of the Water at the Pan-African Level, and at the Arab Region level, and eventually at the Global level.
Africa Preparations for WWF6, Banjul

In preparation for the 6th World Water Forum (WWF6), on "Time for Solutions", Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, MEWINA, CEDARE, and WWF6 Africa Target 3 Coordinator participated in the stakeholders preparatory meeting organized by the African Ministers Council On Water (AMCOW) during the period 19-21 of December, 2011, in Banjul, The Gambia.
Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, presented the WWF6 Africa Target 3 report prepared jointly with Eng. Mohamed Elrawady, CEDARE.  Africa Target 3 calls to "Conduct Regional Dialogues on the 1997 UN Convention on International Watercourses and on the UNGA Resolution 63/124 on the Law of Transboundary Aquifers, and compile points of agreement and objections for wider consensus by 2015".
The report presents African countries and experts standpoints on the above mentioned legal instruments, and presents proposed solutions to reach a wider consensus.  The report will be posted on www.solutionsforwater.org and will be open for the public to submit their solutions until January 25th.  A technical session to discuss the topic will then be conducted at the 6th World Water Forum which will be held in Marseilles, France, March 12-17, 2012.

Arab Shared Groundwater Legal Framework, Beirut
CEDARE participated in the 2nd Intergovernmental Consultation Meeting for the development of a Legal Framework for Shared Groundwater in the Arab Region organized by the Arab Water Ministers Council (AWMC) of the Arab League and ESCWA in Beirut, Lebanon during the period of 13-14, December, 2011.  Dr. Khaled AbuZeid represented CEDARE at the meeting which concluded a draft Convention for Shared Groundwater in the Arab Region, but recommended to have a comprehensive Shared Waters Convention, which would incorporate both surface and groundwater water resources due to the unavoidable interaction between surface water, and groundwater, and even rainfall in cases of renewable shared water resources within a given basin.
The draft convention and the recommendations will be presented the AWMC Executive Bureau in February of 2012.

An Arab Shared Water Resources Convention

Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, Water Resources Program Manager, attended the consultative workshop for the preparation of “A Convention for Shared Water Resources in the Arab Region” during the period of 24-26 May, 2011 at the ESCWA premises in Beirut.  The new convention addresses very important issues of relevance to the Arab Region which is characterized by being mostly water scarce with 67% of its surface water resources originating outside its boundaries.  The Arab Region is also characterized by its shared non-renewable groundwater aquifers.  The new convention addresses both shared surface and ground waters.  It addresses many of the issues that lacked in the 1997 United Nations Convention on International Watercourses, such as addressing equitable utilization of all waters in the water basin and not just waters in the watercourse, including “blue water” found in surface water, and groundwater, as well as “green water” that is utilized by green cover within basins.  The proposed convention also addresses mechanisms for prior notification, dispute resolution, sharing of information, and management of emergency situations.
CEDARE participates in the Consultative Meeting on Wastewater Management in the Arab Region

The Consultative Meeting on Wastewater Management in the Arab Region was held in Dubai during the period of May 22-24, 2011, under the auspices of H.E. Dr. Rashed Ahmed Bin Fahd, Minister of Environment & Water of the United Arab Emirates, and CEDARE member of the Board of Trustees.  Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Regional Water Resources Program Manager, and member of the organizing committee of the Consultative Meeting, participated in the meeting which was organized by the Arab Water Council, the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, and the Islamic Development Bank.  He facilitated the working group discussions on "Policies, Institutions, and Finance", and he chaired the session on Wastewater Reuse in North Africa.
The meeting discussed wastewater reuse regulations and implementation in Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.  The meeting recommended that regulations need to be modified in the Arab countries to allow for more efficient use and wider application of wastewater reuse in edible and non-edible agriculture according to the level of treatment.  It also recommended that effective enforcement and monitoring are needed to ensure that no negative health and environment impacts results from wastewater reuse.  The participants called for establishing a Wastewater Reuse Network under the umbrella of the Arab Water Council to sharing experience in the field. Dr. AbuZeid, stated that Wastewater is the new renewable resource for any future agriculture expansion in the Arab Region, as wastewater production will continuously increase with population growth.

CEDARE participates in the Union for the Mediterranean Water Expert Group Meeting

CEDARE was represented by Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, Regional Water Program Director, at the Water Expert Group (WEG) of the Union for the Mediterranean
(UFM) meeting which was held in Barcelona, Spain on the 18th of May, 2011.
The UFM consists of 43 member countries.  The meeting discussed the guidelines for project proposals under the UFM.  About 127 project proposals were received by the UFM secretariat in Barcelona so far. 
The meeting agreed that building a desalination plant in Gaza, Palestine was a priority project.  Other projects discussed included wastewater treatment and reuse, national and regional water information systems, capturing flood waters, water savings in agriculture, groundwater management, sea water intrusion, and protection of water resources and ecosystems from pollution.
It was agreed that the Technical Drafting Group (TDG) would continue to work on drafting the Action Plan in parallel to the political process which is working towards reaching a consensus on the Mediterranean Water Strategy by the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM).  The meeting recommended holding workshops to assist countries, civil society, and regional and international organizations formulate project proposals.

The Nile Basin Water Partnerships discuss Water, Food Security, and Climate Change

Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Regional Water Program Manager, participated in the Water-Food Security-Climate Change Nexus workshop organized by the East Africa Water Partnership in cooperation with the Sudan Water Partnership during the period 11-13 May, 2011.  The workshop discussed regional integration, regional food and water security, regional comparative advantage for cropping patterns, land grabs and foreign investment in agriculture and the need for synchronization with regional food security. 
The workshop also discussed the need for a Nile Basin-wide regional agriculture development strategy that aims at achieving regional food security while maintaining national and regional water security in light of expected climate change impacts.
The Global Water Partnership (GWP) - East Africa, which to date consisted of the Nile Basin Country Water Partnerships of Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, and Uganda held its steering committee meeting back to back, and discussed its work plan.  The steering committee also discussed the proposal and request by the Egyptian Water Partnership to join GWP - East Africa, and approved the request to start a new phase of joint cooperation.

AMCOW TAC Meeting held in Cape Town, South Africa

Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Water Program Manager, and officer in charge of North African Ministers Council On Water (N-AMCOW) secretariat, attended the AMCOW Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, March 21, 2011, where the AMCOW Governance Document was reviewed for further revision, and where the Global Water Partnership (GWP) joint Climate Change & Water program with AMCOW was discussed.  The first phase of the Climate Change program will start in 8 countries in Africa including Tunisia from North Africa.
Africa sets Water Targets for commitment at the 6th World Water Forum

Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Water Program Manager, and officer in charge of North African Ministers Council On Water (N-AMCOW) secretariat participated in the multi-stakeholder committee meeting held in Cape Town, March 21, 2011,to formulate Africa's Targets to be presented at the 6th World Water Forum.  Nine African Water Targets were formulated as follows:

  • Create fully functional water divisions within RECs / AMCOW sub-regional Secretariats/organizations supported by resource pools by 2015.
  • Develop and implement in all countries innovative financial mechanisms including (3Ts) taxes, tariffs, and transfers to meet the MDGs Financial requirements by 2015.
  • Establish five sub regional and ten national Centres /networks of Excellence by 2015.
  • Develop harmonized national, basin and regional knowledge management and water information mechanisms to support a harmonized methodology of M & E for the water sector in Africa and a pan-Africa state of the water report by 2015.
  • Develop youth and water strategy by 2012 and AMCOW Gender Strategy implemented in all countries by 2015.
  • Integrate water security and climate resilience into country national development plans, and African Water sector representation in the negotiation on climate change starting by COP 18 to ensure access to incremental funding by 2015.
  • Conduct regional dialogues on the 1997 UN Convention on international water courses and the UN Convention on Trans-boundary aquifers, and compile points of agreement and objections for wider consensus by 2015.
  • Develop and implement sanitation and water plans to bring back on track the neglected areas including post conflict countries, informal settlements and slums, rural communities, and small towns by 2015.
  • Undertake legal and institutional reforms to ensure accountability, participatory, efficient and sustainable WSS and WRM at national (2015) and basin (2025) levels.
CEDARE/N-AMCOW participates in the Africa Preparatory Meeting for the 6th WWF, South Africa

Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Regional Water Program Manager, and Officer in Charge, North-AMCOW Technical Secretariat, participated in the AMCOW Consultative Meeting for Africa in preparation for the 6th World Water Forum (WWF) which will be held in Marseille, France, in March 2012.  The meeting was held on the 20th of March during the celebrations of the World Water Day in Cape Town, South Africa, during the period of 20-22 March, 2011.  The meeting was attended by the AMCOW TAC members and sub-regional secretariats, as well as other experts and the five Vice Presidents of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), represented by the Ministers of Water from the 5 sub regions of AMCOW in Africa.
CEDARE contributes to the Africa Water Facility Strategic Plan 2012-2016

Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Regional Water Program Manager, participated in formulating the Africa Water Facility (AWF) Strategic Plan for the period 2012-2016 during the planning workshop that was held in Tunis, Tunisia, 9-11 March, 2011.  The meeting resulted in formulating the AWF Mission which indicated that “AWF will be working on improving water wisdom, meeting water needs, enhancing water governance, and increasing water financing in Africa”.  The AWF Strategic Goals included 3 components, assisting partners in preparing for water investments, supporting countries and regional organizations for better governance, and leveraging knowledge for Improved water management.  The Overall Goal was formulated to reflect leveraging knowledge, financial and human resources for water in Africa.
Arab Water Report Brainsting Workshop 27-28 February, 2011

CEDARE, represented by Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, Regional Water Program Manager, participated in the Arab Expert Group meeting for the Brain Storming on the preparation of the Arab Water Report, which took place in Amman, Jordan, during the period 27-28 February, 2011.  The report will address the issue of Water Governance for Water Security in the Arab Region.
CEDARE signs project agreement with African Water Facility for a “Regional Program for Monitoring & Evaluation of the MDGs & the Water Sector in North Africa”

H.E. Dr. Nadia Makram Ebeid, Executive Director, CEDARE (Centre for Environment & Development for the Arab Region & Europe) singed on January 4th, 2011 a project agreement with the African Water Facility at the African Development Bank office in Egypt, for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Monitoring & Evaluation Program for the Water in North Africa.
The project will be regionally coordinated by CEDARE in its capacity as the North African Technical Secretariat of the African Ministerial Council on Water (N-AMCOW).  Phase I of the project which will last for 18 months is expected to harmonize and strengthen the Monitoring & Evaluation capacity in the 6 participating countries of North Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, & Tunisia), and enhance national, sub-regional and regional cooperation in exchanging knowledge and information regarding improved water resources management and reliable and effective water services.  The expected direct results of implementing the project activities are:
An Enhanced capacity of Project Stakeholders in assessing water sector M&E
An assessment report on the state of existing water sector M&E system, through the effective implementation of the water sector M&E
A sub regional Water Sector M&E system and mechanism in place which allows North African countries and N-AMCOW to monitor and report on the status of the water sector through standardized data and harmonized information
A Regional M&E Action Plan developed and financial resources mobilized for its implementation through partnerships.
With a budget of about 1.9 million Euros, the project is divided into 4 components including:
COMPONENT 1:  Assessment of existing M&E Systems
COMPONENT II: Standardizing and harmonizing National and N-AMCOW M&E systems and reporting
COMPONENT III:  Preparing a North African M&E Action Plan and Program
COMPONENT IV:  Project Management
The project is expected to establish national units for Water Monitoring & Evaluation within the main ministry in-charge of water at the national level in the 6 North African countries.  Coordinated at the national level by a national focal point, the national units will work with a national task force consisting of representatives from the main water-related ministries and authorities at the national level.  The project will provide these national units with the necessary equipment, and will develop national capacities for better harmonization, standardization, and sharing of water related information.  With North Africa being the first sub-region in Africa to start the M&E Water program under AMCOW, the expected harmonized Water M&E system at the North African sub-regional level, will eventually be replicated and implemented at the Pan-African level.

CEDARE meets UN-Water in Zaragoza

Being the EU funded partner responsible for implementing the SWITCH project in Alexandria, CEDARE has participated in the international conference titled “Sustainable Water Management in Cities: Stakeholder Engagement for Effective Change and Action” that took place in Zaragoza, Spain from the 13th to the 17th of December, 2010. The conference was hosted by the municipality of the city of Zaragoza under the auspices of UN-WATER and SWITCH project. CEDARE was represented by Dr. Khaled AbuZeid , Regional Water Program Manager, and Eng. Mohamed Elrawady, Water Resources Specialist. Both CEDARE’s representatives had a significant contribution in the conference as they promoted the upcoming Alexandria Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) plan as well as the Alexandria Learning Alliance (LA) process to higher international recognition through a series of group sessions and plenary panel discussions. CEDARE’s representatives were accompanied by Mrs. Dalia Abd-Elsalam from Al-Ahram- Hebdo  as the media represent tive in stakeholder participation activities related to IUWM ,she also conducted many important interviews with some of the key figures in the SWITCH project.
CEDARE at the UNESCO International Shared Aquifers Conference

The water resources Programme at CEDARE has participated in the UNESCO International Shared Aquifers Conference that was held in the period from 6-8 December 2010 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.  CEDARE was represented by Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, Regional Water Program Manager, and Eng. Mohamed Elrawady, Water Resources Specialist.  CEDARE’s representatives contributed with a paper titled “Sustainable Development of Non-renewable Transboundary Groundwater: strategic alternatives for the Nubian sandstone aquifer system” which was well received by the audience when presented by Dr. AbuZeid on the 7th of December.  The conference has enjoyed a huge participation by different research, development and international organizations. The draft UN transboundary aquifers convention has been thoroughly discussed in plenary panel sessions that focused on the factors affecting global acceptance and ratification.  More specific points related to the proposed convention such as “sovereignty “ and “dependence” were discussed in topic themed sessions.
CEDARE participates in the steering committee meeting of the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 20-21/11/2010

Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, representing CEDARE which was selected as member of the Sanitation & Water for All (SWA) steering committee, attended the steering committee meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during the period 20-21/11/2010.
The meeting decided to work with the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) on holding a High Level meeting between the Ministers of Finance & the Ministers of Water in 2011 as per the recommendation of the Sharm El Sheikh declaration, to expedite the African's continental progress towards achieving the Water & Sanitation Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  The meeting discussed the Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) & the Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation & Drinking Water (GLASS) reports, which showed Africa off track for achieving the Water & Sanitation MDGs.  The meeting agreed on the main components of SWA's work plan in the next period and agreed to participate with in setting the action plan for implementing the new UN resolution of "Water being a Human Right".  JMP & GLASS are considering issuing an Arab Region Snap shot reports in cooperation with CEDARE & the Arab Water Council.
CEDARE signs agreement with Alexandria Water Company under SWITCH Project

As part of the SWITCH project being implemented by CEDARE in Alexandria, an agreement has been signed between CEDARE and the Alexandria Water Company to implement measures of Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) in on the informal settlements in Alexandria.  Eng. Nadia Abdou, Chairperson of the Alexandria Water Company, indicated that the Water Company is pleased to cooperate with CEDARE in a water savings program in the Fishermen’s Village including the installation of home water savings fittings, as well as in a leak detection and pipe repair program, and in water supply SWITCHing for the Youth Center soccer field from fresh drinking water supply for irrigation to groundwater supply.  The IUWM measures when successfully implemented will serve as a model for water demand management which can be replicated in other areas of Alexandria and provide alternative solutions for satisfying the increasing water demand for Alexandria in the future.  Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, who signed the agreement on behalf of Dr. Nadia Makram Ebeid, CEDARE Executive Director, indicated that CEDARE is similarly signing an agreement with the Alexandria Sanitation Company, to implement sanitation measures of IUWM in the same area to improve household connections to sewage networks, and to improve the performance of the sewage network to complete the integrated picture of IUWM in the fishermen’s village.  CEDARE is also working with the two companies and all other relevant stakeholders to prepare an Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) Strategic Plan for the year 2030 for the whole city of Alexandria, which looks at non-conventional ways of satisfying future water demands of the growing city and the surrounding areas within the governorate.
Fourth Conference of healthy water in the Arab world

The Arab Water Council participated in the proceedings of the Fourth International Conference for healthy water in the Arab world in Cairo on Monday and Tuesday 21-22 June, 2010 at Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel - Cairo, under the slogan of "healthy water for healthy Arab citizens." The conference was attended by a group of senior water officials in Egypt as well as researchers, scientists and specialists from Egypt, seven Arab countries.  The Conference addressed many water related issues in Egypt and the Arab world, and the results reached by the researchers in their research, a circle of the debate reflected the audience interest in current water issues, which bestowed dazzling success on the Conference. Many important recommendations, findings conclusions were reached in the conference.
CEDARE sheds some light on the obstacles for ratification of the 1997 UN Convention for Non-novigational uses of International Watercourses at the AWMC Meeting in Damascus-Syria 24-25 May, 2010

Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Regional Water Program Manager, and Regional Director of Technical Programs at the Arab Water Council, shed some light on the obstacles for the ratification of the 1997 UN Convention by some countries in the Arab Region.  He mentioned that the convention is full of positive articles.  However, as he stated, the convention should have dealt explicitly with the waters in the river basin as a whole rather than just what’s in the watercourse, because all waters within the river basin are affected by one another and by their respective uses.  This would include Green Water used for green cover (forests, rainfed agriculture, pasture and grazing land), and also Blue Water recharging groundwater, and surface rivers.  This is not only part of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), but it also provides a bigger pie of water to share rather than a smaller piece of water to compete for.  With the current rate of urbanization, what’s considered green water today, maybe converted to blue water tomorrow.  More emphasis should be given to dependency of the country on the international river basin water, and the availability of other renewable water resources within the country to satisfy water needs and to relieve the competition on the shared resource.  He also stated the importance of having reliable commonly agreed upon water resources assessment of international river basins, and highlighted the importance of identifying a baseline that respects current water uses for all riparian countries of an international basin, from which future water allocations may be studied under the umbrella of the convention.  He also noted that it’s important to know why it took 13 years for only 18 countries out of 192 UN countries to ratify the convention, and to also know that some of these countries which ratified the convention do not have international rivers, and some do not even have rivers at all, and others will not be affected by the convention one way or another as they have other water resources.
SWITCH Strategy Studies Evaluated

On the 29th and the 30th of March, 2010, CEDARE organized the third Starategy studies and strategic planning workshop that was held in Alexandria under the framework of the EU funded project SWITCH (Sustainable Water management Improves Tomorrow's Cities' Health) . The main purpose of the workshop was to evaluate the ongoing strategy studies for Alexandria Water resources and integrate their results for future planning.  The strategy studies focused on all aspects of urban water management including, wastewater reuse, desalination, institutional mapping, water demand management , numerical modeling of urban water, groundwater potential, storm water management, financial sustainability, and tariff affordability.  Strategic planning sessions focused on finding a starting point for the anticipated Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) strategic plan for Alexandria with the year 2037 being the target year. The 2037 IUWM strategic plan is the overall goal and the major expected output of the SWITCH project in Alexandria.

Transboundary Water Resources Management : A global Initiative for Understanding

The CEDARE Water Resources Management Programme has participated in an International Workshop about Transboundary Water Resources Management that was held in Stockholm, Sweden from the 22nd to the 26th of February, 2010 and Organized by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) in cooperation with the Swedish International Water Institute (SIWI).  CEDARE was represented by Eng. Mohamed Elrawady who presented a comprehensive assessment of the 1997 UN convention on the non-navigational uses of International water courses. He has also suggested some modifications to be implemented in the convention, so as to enhance global acceptance. A joint report between CEDARE and SIWI is currently in progress.

CEDARE participates in the Arab-German IWRM Masters Advisory Board Meeting

Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Regional Water Program Manager, and member of the Advisory Board of the Arab-German Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Masters of Science Program, has attended the regular Annual Meeting in Amman recently to explore the achievements of the program and the planning of the future of the program.  The meeting was followed by the graduation ceremony of the 2nd  batch of MSc graduates.  The program provides a great opportunity for cross-cultural education mixed with an opportunity for shared professional experience in the water sector.   Part of the program is delivered in Cologne, Germany and the other part is delivered in Amman, Jordan.  CEDARE will also be hosting one or two German students working on their Masters this year where practical experience for Germans on water issues in the Arab Region will be provided.  The program provides a great opportunity for young professionals from Germany and the Arab Region to develop their career and open opportunities for professional advancements which will help shape their futures in international development.   For more information on the program visit www.iwrm-master.info

CEDARE delivers presentation on Role of Regional Centers in Climate Change Adaptation at UNFCCC Workshop

In the UNFCCC workshop held in Samoa, 2-5 March 2010, Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, Regional Water Program Manager, delivered a presentation on climate change impacts on the Water Sector in the Arab Region and the role of CEDARE as a Regional Center that can contribute to Climate Change Adaptation activities in the Arab Region.  CEDARE’s regional role and activities in the area of Environment & Development were presented including its role in regional Environmental and Water assessment and reporting, as well as its role in initiating, and executing regional cooperation projects in the field and the potential for taking up the role for capacity building and execution of regional projects in the area of climate change adaptation.   Link to Dr. AbuZeid’s presentation: www.unfccc.int/5258

CEDARE receives Arab Water Council Platinum Sponsor Award

During the World Water Day Ceremony organized by the Arab Water Council, and on behalf of Dr. Nadia Makram Ebeid, CEDARE Executive Director, Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Senior Regional Water Program Manager, received the Arab Water Council Platinum Sponsor Award for CEDARE’s valuable contributions to the Arab Water Council.  CEDARE is an elected Governing Board Member of the Arab Water Council, and is an elected Member of the Arab Water Council Executive Committee, assuming the role of the Treasurer.  CEDARE is also directing several of the AWC technical programs  and has been implementing a World Bank Grant Program for the institutional and human resources strengthening of the Arab Water Council for the last 3 years.

CEDARE supports Investment in Sanitation for Africa

During the 2nd Africa Water Week, Johannesburg, 9-13/11/2009, CEDARE joined the list of organizations and individuals working towards the promotion of more attention and investment in sanitation services for Africa.  It is known that Sanitation coverage in 38 countries in Africa is less than 50%.
Only 6 countries in Africa are on track to meet the Sanitation MDG Target.
To meet the sanitation MDG target in Africa, over 400 million people need to gain access to improved sanitation services during the period 2006-2015.
Currently urban sanitation coverage in Africa is 53% and only 29% in rural Africa.  Improved sanitation services not recognizes and respects human rights and dignity, but also improves school attendance for children, improves health and environment conditions, and increases work force and job efficiency.

CEDARE reveals Potential Climate Change Impacts on Water in North Africa at the 2nd Africa Water Week

During the 2nd Africa Water Week, held in Johannesburg, 9-13 November 2009, Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Senior Regional Water Program Manager, delivered a presentation on possible climate change impacts on the water sector in North African countries.  He presented a list of flood events that hit Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, and Morocco in the last 3 years.  He showed drought trends and reduced precipitation in selected countries.  He also emphasized the exacerbation effect of human activities and land use planning on flood-related climate change impacts in North African countries.  For more information on the 2nd Africa Water Week, visit www.dwaf.gov.za/dir_ws/2aww
CEDARE delivers presentation on CSR opportunities in the Water Sector

In a seminar organized by the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt, Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Senior Regional Water Program Manager, delivered a presentation on Water Challenges in Egypt and CSR Opportunities.  The seminar also hosted a presentation by Proctor & Gamble representative who presented the company’s product “PUR” which is intended to provide a low cost mechanism to purify raw water for use in rural areas where treatment plants and household connections are not yet in place.  CEDARE is currently exploring opportunities and potential for using such products in rural areas that are not covered by drinking water services.   Link to K. AbuZeid presentation on AmCham site www.amcham.org.eg.   Link to PuR product, P&G’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water program (www.cdsw.org).

CEDARE develops a meeting point between Water and Climate change

On the 28th of January, 2010, CEDARE participated in an international Dialogue on Climate Change and Water management that was organized by the EuroArab Foundation and the Arab Water Academy in Granada, Spain.  CEDARE was represented by Eng. Mohamed Elrawady, water resources researcher, who gave a presentation on developing a meeting point between climate change and water resources management.  The presentation focused on possible storm water management alternatives as a climate change adaptation measure. CEDARE’s presentation also highlighted the importance of non-renewable groundwater as a strategic reserve.  The event brought together many experts from different organizations and Institutions in the Arab world and Europe such as UNESCO and IDRC. CEDARE’s presentation was very well received by the audience and the media.

CEDARE participated at the "5th WORLD WATER FORUM" in Turkey

CEDARE participated at the Fifth Global Forum of water held in Istanbul from 16 to 22 March, which is the largest forum on the problems of water and its future. Scientists and experts from all over the world attended the Forum, in addition to the heads of international organizations and ministers from more than 130 countries and leaders of State and Governments of 25 countries.

Dr. Khaled Abu-Zeid, Director of Water Resources Program at CEDARE, during his intervention, highlighted that the process of assessing the progress made towards achieving the Millennium Goals for water depends mainly on the figures. Herein lies the problem that there is an urgent need for a uniform system of evaluation, not only between nations, but within a single state.